Welcome to Year 2, where we team hard work with lots of fun!
Our Spring topic is The Arctic and Antarctic. We will start by looking at Continents and Oceans. As the children enjoyed learning about the Titanic so much we have decided to begin exploring this through mapping the journey and looking at the globe. We will then look at habitats and animals specific to these regions, people who survive here and explorers.
Children are expected to be as independent as possible by taking responsibility for; handing in homework, changing their independent reading book correctly, looking after their toast money, as well as taking care of their own P.E kit and school uniform. This will help them to develop increased responsibility for their own learning and the choices they make as they move through the school.
Children should read each night with a parent or older sibling. They will be allowed to change reading books once they have completed the book and are able to read and discuss it confidently. Your child’s progress will be monitored through comments in reading diaries as well as reading done with the children in school. The children will move through the reading bands when they have acquired the skill to read the books fluently and understand the text confidently. If children do not have time to read at home, a member of the Year 2 team will read with them for five minutes during playtime.
This term we are introducing accelerated reader. Below summarises the benefits of AR.
The 5 steps to reading success
It's all about practise. AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practise to create strong readers. Based on each student's independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult as to cause frustration. In addition, AR helps teachers monitor students' vocabulary growth, literacy skills development, and other reading skills.
- Determine reading level. First, a student’s optimal reading level is determined through the STAR Reading Enterprise assessment. This assessment suggests a
range of book levels for each student called the “zone of proximal development”,or ZPD. Children should begin reading books that have a level at the lower end
of their ZPD and gradually move up the range in order to make optimum progress.
2. Set practice goals. Teachers support children to set individualized reading practice goals based on reading quantity, quality, and difficulty and they can then
monitor progress toward those goals.
3. Personalised practice. Personalised reading practice means students read books of interest at their own reading level. AR Book Finder makes it easy to find
the perfect book.
4. Students take an AR Quiz. AR offers more than 150,000 quizzes of three types on both fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have many different options for
taking AR Quizzes, including laptops, PCs and tablets as well as through the AR Student App available on Apple® devices.
5. Receive instant feedback. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further
instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of Renaissance Home Connect.
Homework will be sent out in line with the new School Homework Policy.
Each week the children will bring home a copy of their weekly spellings to practise at home. They will also receive a piece of English or Maths homework each week.
Toast, crumpets, teacakes and juice are available to children for a morning snack. The maximum amount of money your child will need each day is 55p, this will allow them to buy a snack and a drink. Taking responsibility for their own money is part of your child’s development, we ask that money is brought to school in a secure purse every-day to ensure the money is safe and that any change given can be returned at the end of each day. Alternatively you can provide a healthy snack e.g. fruit to ensure we are following the healthy eating policy we try to deter from snacks such as crisps, chocolate and sweets.
The children take part within two sessions of P.E every week on Wednesday and Thursday. They will need a full P.E kit consisting of shorts, T-shirt and a pair of black pumps which adhere to the school uniform policy. Earrings cannot be worn during the P.E session therefore it is greatly appreciated if parents take earrings out before school, this will also ensure that jewellery is not lost.